America’s favorite castaway will be visiting the Tri-State this weekend. Dawn Wells, also known as Mary Ann will be boarding “The Redwood Express: Destination Gilligan’s Island". She’ll be helping to raise money for The Redwood School; which provides educational, therapeutic and vocational services for children and adults with disabilities. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Ms. Wells why she decided to make the trip. (get details at www.redwoodnky.orgor call 859.331.0880)
The National Weather Service in Louisville has issued a tornado warning until 1 p.m. EST today for southwestern Clark County, southern Fayette County, southeastern Jessamine County and northern Madison County.
Whether you’re planning a trip out of the country or just thinking about it, getting a passport is part of the process. Angela Farmer of the Cincinnati Public Library says they have a fast and easy way for people to apply and have their passport processed. Farmer talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about National Passport Day. ( get a passport application online at www.travel.state.gov or make an appointment at the library at 513.369.6900 )
Imagine what it’s like for a child growing up in an abusive or neglectful environment and being taken away from the only home you’ve known, to placed into foster care. Prokids helps children in Hamilton County navigate the system. Director Tracy Cook says one of the most important services they provide is that of Court Appointed Special Advocates, but they don’t have enough volunteers. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Cook about what Prokids does and their changing needs. (get more information about Prokids at www.prokids.orgor call 513.281.2000 ).
According to the University of Cincinnati Center for Aging with Dignity, about one out of seven people age sixty and older will be financially exploited this year. Director Charles Puchta told WNKU’s Matt Kelley that the economy is partly to blame for the increase. (the forum will take place at the Sycamore Senior Center 4455 Carver Woods Drive Cincinnati (BlueAsh) 45242 February 29th from 9am-12pm, get more information at http://www.uc.edu/ce/olli.html)
Tax season is just around the corner, and for many people that means a host of new filing questions. Jackson Hewitt Spokesperson Jenny Ward says people who have divorced within the last year are often confused about filing status, and deductions concerning children. Ward talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about the best strategies for people who’ve recently parted ways.
Addressing Kentucky’s high rate of students dropping out of high school has been a concern for many Kentucky legislators for years, and the problem has drawn a lot of interest during the current legislative session.
Tough economic times are taking their toll on people across the country; but a recent study by the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for The Homeless shows that families are the fastest growing group facing homelessness. The coalition will host a public discussion about their recommendations this afternoon at the Cincinnati Health Foundation. Executive Director Josh Spring talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about their findings and what they hope to accomplish.